Widespread rains, snowfall expected in J-K from March 6

SRINAGAR — Weatherman has forecast widespread light to moderate rain and snowfall in Kashmir Valley from Sunday night to March 8.

“As expected, light rain/snow occurred at some places in Kashmir. Currently, weather is overcast to cloudy at most places of Kashmir and at some places of Jammu,” a Meteorological department official said in a statement to GNS.

“Current weather likely to continue till tomorrow morning. Thereafter, weather likely to remain partly cloudy during March 4 and 5,” he said, adding, “Another Western Disturbance is likely to affect J&K during March 6th (night) to 8th due to which we expect widespread light to moderate rain/snow( mainly over higher reaches).”

He, however, said that there was no forecast of any significant weather till March 7.

Meanwhile, Gulmarg received fresh snowfall while rains lashed some parts of Jammu and Kashmir including this summer capital. With overnight cloud cover, the night temperature hovered around above freezing point in all observatory places of the Meteorological department, barring Gulmarg.

The Meteorological department official said that Srinagar, the summer capital of J-K, had traces of rainfall since overnight while the summer capital of J-K recorded a low of 4.6°C against last night’s 4.8°C.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had 0.4mm of rain and recorded a low of 0.9°C against 2.0°C on the previous night, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, had a low of 0.9°C against 1.4°C on the previous night, the official said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.5°C against minus 0.8°C last night, he said. Gulmarg received 7 cms of fresh snowfall and recorded a low of minus 4.4°C against minus 5.4°C on the previous night, he said.

The temperature was 0.1°C below normal for this time of the year in the famous resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of 4.6°C against 3.5°C on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu recorded a low of 14.0°C against 11.1°C on the previous night, the official said. The temperature was 1.7°C above normal for the J-K’s winter capital during this time of the year, he said.

Banihal recorded a low of 4.6°C, Batote with 0.8mm of rainfall had a minimum of 4.9°C while Bhaderwah recorded a low of 4.6°C, the official said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a minimum of minus 4.6°C against last night minus 6.4°C on the previous night while automatic Kargil station at recorded a low of minus 9.0°C.

Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 11.7°C against 17.8°C on the previous night, officials said.

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